Mia Cahill

A partner at DCS, Mia has the experience, support and toughness clients need to make it through divorces and family upheavals.  She has been practicing in New Jersey since 2003, and represents clients in Mercer, Somerset and Middlesex Counties.  Her approach is client-driven, and where applicable, child-centered. Mia has particular experience with clients in complex family cases, high-asset cases, families with small businesses and those struggling in families with mental health issues.  She has worked with numerous divorcing clients who have special needs children.  She has an extensive professional network that she uses to assist clients in making connections with other professionals, such as accountants, appraisers, and therapists.

Prior to her practicing law, she was an academic researcher, having received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.  She taught there and at New York University, and continues to work as part-time faculty at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Studies.  She is the author the book The Social Construction of Sexual Harassment Law, and has published in the Stanford Law Review, Law & Social Inquiry, the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy and the Law & Society Review, and in several books such as How Law Matters, The Diffusion of Social Problems and the "Women in Crisis" Handbook of the United Nations Women's Guild.

Mia helped to found the collaborative law group in the Princeton area, "Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance," and served on the Board.  She is a court-approved mediator for civil and family, and a private mediator.  She was elected twice as a Princeton public school board member, serving from 2006 to 2012, and is a former Trustee of the Women in the Profession Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Princeton Education Foundation.  In 2009, she was an honoree of the Tribute to Women Award, of the YWCA of Princeton.

Mia is a member of the Mercer County Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Law and Society Association, the American Bar Association, and other professional and community organizations.

As a mediator, Mia's dispute resolution experience is scholarly and practical. She was the Hewlett Fellow for Dispute Resolution at the University of Wisconsin, where she received her Ph.D.  Prior to her family law practice, she worked in academia, and published on the scholarly issues of dispute resolution such as fairness, settlement and process. As a practicing attorney and mediator on the court-approved list for civil and family since 2003, Dr. Cahill is mindful of the benefits- and the pitfalls- of mediation. She strives to help the couple achieve their goals in dispute resolution.

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